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The OpenStack Architecture Board is made up of a combination of appointed and elected seats. For 2010, there are four seats up for election. Two of the seats will be elected to a two-year term and and two of the seats will be elected to a one-year term.

We received nominations and after vetting them for variety and experience, have produced a list of 12 nominees. Elections will be held on November 1, 2010, and any individual who has signed the CLA and is a registered launchpad user for the OpenStack projects will be able to vote.

2010 Architecture Board nominees

Soren Hansen - Rackspace

Soren has been part of the OpenStack project from its inception. His work has so far been primarily focused on Nova. Soren has worked for Rackspace since March 2010. He is a core developer of Ubuntu, and before Rackspace, he worked on Ubuntu Server for Canonical. Among other things, he worked on virtualisation and cloud computing. He's 29 years old, lives in Denmark with his wife and 2 year old daughter.

Christofer Hoff - Cisco Systems

Hoff is Director of Cloud & Virtualization Solutions at Cisco Systems where he focuses on virtualization and cloud computing security, spending most of his time interacting with global enterprises and service providers, governments, and the defense and intelligence communities. Previously, he was Unisys Corporation’s Chief Security Architect, served as Crossbeam Systems' chief security strategist, was the CISO and director of enterprise security at a $25 billion financial services company and was founder/CTO of a national security consultancy amongst other startup endeavors.

Hoff is interviewed regularly by the media and press, is a featured guest on numerous podcasts and has keynoted and presented at numerous high-profile security conferences including Black Hat, DefCon, Microsoft's Bluehat, Source, SecTor, FIRST, SANS and Troopers.

Hoff is a founding member and technical advisor to the Cloud Security Alliance, founder of the CloudAudit project and the HacKid conference and blogs at http://www.rationalsurvivability.com/blog

Hoff is a CISSP, CISA, CISM and NSA IAM. He was twice nominated as the Information Security Executive of the Year and won the Security 7 award in Financial Services in 2005. Hoff is a 2010 Microsoft MVP (Security) and a 2010 VMware vExpert.

Vishvananda Ishaya - Anso Labs

Vishvananda Ishaya is a Senior Engineer on NASA's Nebula project. He was programming for Openstack-Compute when it was just 'Nova', and is one of the top contributors to the project. He spends his free time solving interesting problems and lurking in the #openstack irc channel.

David Lemphers - PricewaterhouseCoopers

David Lemphers is a passionate technologist and engineer. As the Director of Cloud Computing @ PwC, David is responsible for unifying the business needs of his customers with emerging cloud technologies and platforms. Prior to joining PwC, David was a Principal Engineer at Microsoft, where as part of the Windows Azure team, he led the design and development of data center containers, cloud billing systems, and technology adoption programs. David is a strong community contributor and regular speaker at major conferences and user groups. David holds degrees in Applied Science (Computer Science), Engineering (Software Engineering), and Law (eLaw).

Romain Lenglet - Midokura

Romain Lenglet is a senior engineer at Midokura, where he leads R&D projects related to network virtualization technologies. Before that, he was software engineer at Google Japan, where he has made significant improvements to the Youtube infrastructure and operations.

He started his career as a research engineer at Orange Labs in France and then in Japan, in domains including program transformation, distributed middleware architecture, and 4G wireless access network architecture. He was also invited for two years to the Tokyo Institute of Technology as a researcher, where he worked on automatic distributed systems management. In the last 15 years he has been hacking at all software layers, mostly in C, C++, Python, Java, and Erlang. He is a contributor to several Free Software projects, including GNU Autoconf and Erlang-related projects. He is active in the Erlang community, and he served as a member of the CUFP 2010 workshop's program committee. He is an enthusiastic public speaker and he co-founded Bonjour Toastmasters Club, the first French public speaking club in Japan.

Romain holds a M.Sc. in Computer Science (Systems and Networks), a Master of Research in Computer Science (Software and Systems), and a Ph.D in Computer Science, from the Grenoble Institute of Technology (INPG).

Brian Lucas - Sling Media

Brian Lucas is Lead Architect of Internet Services at Sling Media and currently manages the Internet team at the company’s Bay Area location. He introduced Sling Media to the cloud and grid services model after using it to solve a number of unique challenges at prior companies, and has been involved with cloud computing initiatives since 2005.

One of the first initiatives he embarked upon while at Sling was migrating the majority of its infrastructure away from a traditional co-located datacenter to a new infrastructure in the cloud model, including the encoding platform, distributed databases, network-intensive and bursty applications, as well as the prototyping and deployment of new applications.

Today a majority of Sling's infrastructure is cloud-based, serving several million unique users and devices per day. Most recently, he led the launch of slingbox.com to replace the company’s client-software model with a web-based experience where users can view their Slingbox online, over the web.

Brian is also an active open-source participant and has contributed to a number of projects including SOLR and Dojo.

Ewan Mellor - Citrix

Ewan Mellor has 13 years of software development experience, 5 of which is with XenSource / Citrix. Mellor been responsible for design, architecture, and development of Xen and XenServer's toolstacks (three incarnations), the XenServer UI (two incarnations), including a stint with overall responsibility for the XenServer system architecture.

He now leads the group that includes XenServer's cloud engineering team, where Citrix will be doing all their OpenStack work, and building products around it.

Dale Olds - Novell

Dale Olds is a Distinguished Engineer in Novell's Identity and Security Management Group. He is currently working on the evolution of identity services and is an architect for Novell's Cloud Security Service. Dale was the lead designer and implementer of Novell Directory Services (NDS) and Novell eDirectory from 1990 to 2000. He has received Novell's Edison, President's, and Inventor Hall of Fame awards. Other recent industry experience focused on Linux and Internet content delivery services. Dale has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Utah.

Jean-Christophe Smith - Cloudscaling

Jean-Christophe “JC” Smith has been involved with engineering many Internet infrastructure services for the last 14 years. Specializing in back-end software engineering, JC initially started his career building the technology behind many successful Internet service providers, web hosting companies, CDNs (Content Delivery Networks) and cloud computing services. Roles included back-end software engineer at GoGrid, director of engineering at EdgeCast Networks, architect and engineering manager at Internap and engineering manager at VitalStream. JC is currently helping integrate OpenStack Swift and Nova at large internet providers and telcos as an architect for Cloudscaling in San Francisco. He has extensive experience with Python, C, network design, XEN, KVM, VMWare, Linux, Windows 200x.

Sebastian Stadil - Scalr

Sebastian has been making apps with Amazon Web Services since 2004, starting with the E-Commerce Service (now Associates Web Service), then the Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) as it was launched. He founded the Silicon Valley Cloud Computing Group, a user group of over 2700 members that meets monthly to present the latest developments in the industry.

Recently, Sebastian founded Scalr, a software-project-turned-startup that scales website infrastructure automagically.

When he is not working on Scalr, Sebastian likes to make sushi and play rugby. He will also belly-dance at the next OpenStack summit should he be elected.

Chuck Thier - Rackspace

hacks on swift<
> keep it simple silly<
> think distributed

Dave Walker - Canonical

Dave Walker has been involved with Ubuntu development for the past several years. He is currently leading the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC). Dave brings a wealth of experience with the development of UEC, he is knowledgeable and aware of the challenges that OpenStack are likely to encounter. Dave is community driven, with experience as a leader of the Ubuntu community. UEC - http://ubuntu.com/cloud